2013 and beyond

It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.

2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My free rein is over and #59

Well, I enjoyed the lovely sunny day out on the land, got a lot of the usuals and some of the seasonals like the Fox Sparrows again (seems like the same six as before), also got a good look at the pair of BDOWs. Suddenly, a pair of majestic birds winged across the ski, I raised my 8.5x42s and soaked in the image of a pair of Rock Pigeon as they came in and landed on my neighbors barn. I don't recall if I've ever been so excited to see ROPIs before in my life. Not a yard lifer, but close. Other winged beasts I've noticed over the past few days: Eastern Comma, and a Mourning Cloak butterfly. But otherwise its been kind of slow. Things are looking up for the rest of you lot, this coming week is probably going to be my last week of near full time birding, I will be adjusting my schedule and not working at the climbing gym so much and start in at my new job as a (paid) Naturalist Intern at a local Metropark (Blacklick Metropark if you care) and that should be good times, I will have a lot less time in my yard, but I'll make do. We'll see how it goes.


  1. No ROPI for me yet this year. Congrats on the new job. It should be fun. You'll just have to get up earlier and bird the yard before work.

  2. Thanks Big Rick! I will have to get up early and bird the yard, lucky for everyone else I'm pretty bad at getting up early, but if anything can get me up, it will be the competitive drive of having you, Swamp Kat, and everyone else fighting for the lead. Longer days ahead and I'll also have evenings sometimes to bird some, its the lazy man's way.

  3. Welcome to the real world Ben! I had about a month of nonstop yardbirding in WI last spring and believe me these guys started resenting me pretty bad. This year is shaping into a pretty tight competition between your huge sprawl in OH, Rick's wooded habitat near the lake, and Kaplan's actual lakefront view... Congrats on the job.


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